Prominent Higher Ed Theorist to Deliver Keynote at UM Conference

Vincent Tinto is featured speaker for Monday professional development event

OXFORD, Miss. – A noted theorist in higher education is the keynote speaker for a professional development conference Monday (May 14) at the University of Mississippi.

Vincent Tinto, a distinguished university professor emeritus at Syracuse University, is set to speak at the event, which begins at 7:45 a.m. at the Jackson Avenue Center, 1111 West Jackson Ave.

“Dr. Tinto is a prominent figure in higher education, with a special focus on retention and persistence,” said Hope Tulchinsky, UM assistant director of admissions. “Staff in the Division of Student Affairs, Department of Higher Education faculty and higher education graduate students will attend.”

Tinto earned his doctorate in education and sociology from the University of Chicago, a master’s degree in physics and philosophy from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics from Fordham University. He also is a senior scholar at the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education in Washington, D.C.

He previously was a visiting scholar at Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in Stanford, California, an assistant professor of education at Columbia University and a visiting lecturer at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey.

Tinto’s awards include the Academic Leadership Award from the Council of Independent Colleges, the NISOD International Leadership Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development and the Distinguished Fellow of the Council of Learning Assistance and Developmental Education Association. He has received grants from the National Postsecondary Education Cooperation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Lumina Foundation for Education.

Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, the conference is co-sponsored by the Department of Student Housing, Office of University and Public Events, Department of Campus Recreation, Student Union, FASTrack, Office of Institutional Research, Effectiveness and Planning, Department of Higher Education, Office of Diversity and Community Engagement, and the Division of Outreach and Continuing Education.